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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Monday 8 November 2021

West Coast Zone abalone summer sessions 2021-22

​Recreational abalone fishing in the West Coast Zone, from Busselton Jetty to the Moore River, will take place over four designated one-hour sessions between December and February.

This summer, if deemed safe to proceed, licensed fishers can fish for abalone between 7am and 8am on:

  • Saturday 11 December 2021
  • Saturday 8 January 2022
  • Saturday 5 February 2022
  • Saturday 19 February 2022

Based on the 2020/21 stock assessment of the Roe’s abalone stocks in the West Coast Zone, the Total Allowable Recreational Catch (TARC) will be between 25 and 29 tonnes this season. The number of fishing sessions in the West Coast Zone may be reduced or extended following in-season monitoring to ensure the recreational catch within sessions is consistent with the TARC and managed in a sustainable way.

Abalone fishing is an extremely popular recreational activity and the safety of fishers and Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) volunteer lifeguards is the priority.

Given this, DPIRD receives advice from SLSWA on the predicted sea conditions for each recreational fishing session. If unsafe conditions are forecast, an abalone fishing session may be cancelled in consultation with Recfishwest and SLSWA.

If a fishing session is cancelled, a replacement session may be added to the end of the season, provided this is in line with the TARC. This replacement session is scheduled for 12 March 2022.

Local sea conditions can vary between fishing locations and fishers must take responsibility for their own safety – at no time should fishers enter the water unless they are confident in their ability to handle the sea conditions. Safety tips for abalone fishing are available on the SLSWA website.

Rules relating to abalone fishing, including size and bag limits, are available on the recreational fishing rules website, Recfishwest app and published in the Abalone recreational fishing guide.

For those who are interested in how we manage the abalone fishery, read the Abalone Resource of Western Australia Harvest Strategy 2021-2026, which is open for public comment until 25 November 2021.

Last modified: 9/11/2021 9:58 AM

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